May 6, 2010

Dale McAlpine, a Baptist preacher who has been preaching on the Streets of London for years

__________Attached is a recent story about a preacher in England who was arrested for preaching that homosexuality is a sin.  On the day that he was taken to jail, one of the people listening to him was the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender liason officer” for the local police department.

Some of you may be aware that I tried to contact every pastor in Garland County attempting to get them involved in signing a petition to get ACT 1 on the ballot of 2008.  Only 1 in 3 chose to get involved.  The Arkansas Family Council had done extensive work making sure that it was legal for churches to be involved in the petition drive.  The churches were informed of this fact.

The reason I spent so much of my time trying to get churches to sign petitions was because of my concern for the children being placed in foster and adoptive homes with homosexual couples.  I imagine the negative impact such an environment has on a young mind.

Of 100,000+ residents in Garland County, my guess is that 50,000 are old enough to vote and that 40,000 would call themselves Christian.  Sadly, only a little over 4,000 signatures were gathered in Garland County.  Many religious leaders, including elders and deacons in Garland County churches, turned down the opportunity to help protect young children.  IF THE CHURCHES WILL NOT PROTECT OUR KIDS, WHO WILL?

In spite of the poor showing in many counties in Arkansas by the churches, enough signatures were gathered to get ACT 1 on the ballot.  The people of Arkansas voted to approve the law 57% to 43%.

Just recently, ONE Arkansas judge ruled that the law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  It remains to be seen if this one judge is going to overrule the will of the entire state.

I will admit that I was SHOCKED at the lack of participation by churches in ACT 1 petitioning.  I was SHOCKED at the lackadaisical attitude about the issue.  I am sure that many church goers would gladly have signed the petition if their church leaders had given them an opportunity.

Unfortunately, many church leaders were AFRAID OF OFFENDING THOSE SITTING IN THEIR PEWS.  Why bother going to church if the Bible is not the guidepost?

The good thing that came from the 2008 petition drive was that it became obvious where the men of God were.

I would be the first to say that we are to love all sinners.  I am a sinner, a truth that becomes more evident with age.

Fortunately, there is a way to have our sins forgiven.  We must tell God we are sorry by changing our behaviors. The Bible is clear that repentance is necessary for forgiveness.  Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” This is true repentance.

Thus, we should love homosexuals, but not deny that their behavior is a sin.  Would we be loving them if we told them something other than the truth?

Chris Reimers

The story about the English preacher:


May 4, 2010

I heard from three local residents yesterday.  One of the three doesn’t live in the Hot Springs School District, but she is very concerned with recent events occurring there.

I have written before of my concern about the “IB World Programme,” a United Nations sponsored curriculum, now being taught to “the crème of the crop” in four of the HSSD schools.  Information sent to me yesterday makes it clear that the I.B. curriculum isn’t the only problem in the Hot Springs Schools.

HSSD middle school employees are receiving training on gang violence.  Evidently, the situation is getting bad.  A former honor student is now locked in a psych facility because of panic attacks and flashbacks.  Certain thugs told this young man that “they’d get him” and they did.  Many of them laughed on March 12th as he was being strapped to an ambulance gurney shouting “leave me alone, please, please, just leave me alone.”

The young man has been diagnosed with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder.

One citizen has stated that the bullies at the school have no respect for those in authority.  It seems that many kids who want to learn are being threatened and beaten by those who have been sent back into the school by the local courts.

My question is, “What is the Hot Springs School Board doing about this problem?”

I have taught at the Jr. High level and have taken knives from kids (IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL!).  When schools look the other way at fear and bullying going on in their hallways, the results usually spell disaster.

These reports, sadly, don’t surprise me.  How can a school that lacks the wisdom to see the intent of the I.B. “programme” deal with other issues properly?

I have seen in action the leadership of HSSD when they met with the citizens of Park Avenue regarding changes in the school located in their neighborhood.  The HSSD told concerned citizens in the Park Avenue area that they had no say when it came to the kind of school that would be put in their vicinity.

I have also heard recent reports of problems in the Park Avenue area where the HSSD told the residents there would be no ill effects resulting from moving kids who’ve had poor previous records into their neighborhood.

All of these problems have little to do with bad kids.  These problems are the result of poor adult leadership.

Local residents are asking concerned citizens who wish to find out more to attend the next HSSD school board meeting.

The meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 P.M.  That puts this month’s on the 18th.  If you plan on attending a meeting, call 624-3372 to verify time and date.  The meeting is held at the Jones Administrative building.

Chris Reimers

For more on the I.B. Programme, here’s a website published by a concerned American:


April 16, 2010

Pastor Doug Jones makes a few remarks before opening the TEA Party with Prayer - Picture by Barbara Anable

Yesterday’s TEA Party Rally at the Hot Springs Airport made the front page.  Finally, the local TEA Party got some press.  It was at the top of today’s paper.  A closer glance made this local semi-retired semi-journalist wince.

The article makes the local periodical’s views as visible as the “Don’t tread on Me” flag that was flying at Memorial Field.

Not a word is written about who spoke at the rally.  There is a nice picture, but not one quote from a local speaker or attendee.  The Associated Press story that accompanies the nice picture quotes a few national leaders.  Glenn Gallas, a Hot Springs area resident running for the U.S. House of Representatives, and a speaker at the event, isn”t even mentioned.

Most of those who went to the airport yesterday would agree with the “gangster government” quote by Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.  This quote was mentioned twice in the article.  This quote, however, is unbalanced in its attempt to brand TEA Party participants as those who are unable to put more than a few words together.  I have heard the CHAIRMAN of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee try to explain where it says in the Constitution that the citizens of the U.S. can be forced to buy a government health care plan.  Many TEA Party speakers that I’ve heard seem to understand the Constitution better than Mr. Conyers, the Constitutional lawyer.

Whether one agrees with the efforts of the tea party or not, it is a newsworthy event because of the number of folks who are very upset with the direction they see our government heading.  I, for one, am appreciative of those like Mr. Gallas who want to get us back on Constitutional track. They are spending their time are resources to try to make a difference.

Like Mr. Gallas and many others, I believe the next election will tell us where we are one way or another.  Are there enough Republicans and Democrats willing to stand up for what’s written in the Constitution, or are we more concerned about becoming more like other nations?

I am disappointed that the local paper sent only a photographer.

It did send a reporter to the Good Government Group’s Candidate Forum, which was held at the Library at the same time as the TEA Party Rally.

I applaud the GGGG for attempting to help us get acquainted with  those who will be running for office.  The article focused on Terry Smith’s comment that Jo West-Taylor violated Arkansas law.  Mr. Smith is running for Garland County Treasurer and I think he should wait until Ms. West-Taylor is in the room to make such allegations.  The best  Treasurer candidate is running as a Republican, but that’s a story for another day.  The article about the local TEA Party effort should have had some of the local flavor that the GGGG political forum piece displayed.

The local paper knows that it must “cover” these events to keep selling its wares.

On the TEA Party article – It’s attempt to make both sides happy, one side with a large picture, and the other side with an article that’s got no teeth is, at the least, self-serving.  I think the article is an obvious indication of where the paper stands politically.

On the GGGG political forum article – It did what papers do to try to sell papers. It focused on  a controversy.  Why does the paper print editorials from those who oppose its own obvious views?  That’s an easy one.

The GGGG must be taken seriously.  The organization does work that the city (and the county) should be doing.  If it wasn’t for the GGGG, there would be no citizen committee looking into the best way to handle the jail situation, probably the biggest problem the community faces at present.  Because the GGGG is beginning to shake off some of the dirt slung at it from the local elite, dirt that has been printed in the media source that most Hot Water City residents read, the organization is now getting some notice in the same source.

Chris Reimers

(Wouldn’t you like to know, just once, who wrote any editorial piece in the local paper?)


March 31, 2010

 The plan for this site is to build a “data base” of sites where you can get news that you won’t see in the mainstream media.  The “Links” page is currently empty.  Eventually the “Links” page will contain sources where I get information that is not heard in 90% of the news media.  Maybe these locations can be helpful to others.

I will still post things that I feel are important.  On the local front, I eventually want to find out more about the IB schools of Hot Springs, and I’m sure I’ll have a few things to say about the new water treatment plant that is planned by our city leaders.

Please feel free to continue to email me items of interest.  I will post them as time allows.  For those of you who do not have my personal email, it is:

God’s blessings,

Chris Reimers


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